Here’s an in-depth interview of XV where he breaks down his earliest musical interests and some of the events that inspired him to become an artist. This is Where It All Began in hip-hop for XV.

XV is going to win. He has just started to get his props over the last couple of years but you can tell he is a longtime student of music. We talked to him about his earliest influences and he spoke of everyone from The Delphonics to Marvin Gaye to Crucial Conflict to Biggie. And, just wait till you hear his story of how The Blueprint helped him through 9/11. This is the story of Where It All Began in hip-hop for XV. Click here for more episodes of Where It All Began featuring Kendrick Lamar, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Murs, Big Daddy Kane, Statik Selektah, 9th Wonder, Freddie Gibbs and many more.